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  1. GROUPS:    Three or four students.

  2. YOUR TASK:   Student groups will research information on a specific biome in the world to prepare a presentation.

  3. DUE DATE:   Wednsday, April 23 to Friday, April 25, inclusive

    Biome topics include:

    Tundra
    Rainforest - tropical (ie: Amazon)
    Rainforest - temperate (ie: Coastal British Columbia)
    Savannah (ie: as in 'Lion King')
    Taiga (boreal forest)
    Temperate forest
    Temperate grassland
    Tropical forest (ie: Amazon)
    Sub-tropical forest (ie: Everglades)
    Alpine
    Chaparral (semi-desert)
    Desert
    Freshwater - temperate (ie: Lake Superior)
    Freshwater - tropical
    Intertidal
    Coral reef
    Oceans: POLAR
    Oceans: TEMPERATE
    Oceans: TROPICAL

          If you wish, you may specify further such as "surface", "deepest ocean", ...
    or you mayc choose some specific biome not on this list; please discuss first with Mr. K.


    INFORMATION TO INCLUDE:

    Do not limit yourself to this list because all items listed may not apply to your topic. Basically, tell us anything you want about your biome. Make it interesting!
     About the biome:
           temperatures
           seasons
           rainfall
           vegetation
           typical animal life
           soil types

    I suggest you select one or more threatened or endangered species from your biome as well, if there are any. Use this as your checklist:
           describe the species?
           how does it fit into the ecosystem? (its niche)
           how does it fit into the food web?
           why is it endangered or threatened?
           what is the current population? (if known)
           are there any efforts to restore the population?
           what is the cause of the population decline? (habitat destruction? climate change? )
           any other information you can think of.

    THE PROJECT WILL INVOLVE THREE REQUIRED ELEMENTS :
    ,PART ONE: TEACHING LESSON with VISUAL / DISPLAY:
    The lesson will focus on information on your biome from the list above.

    PART TWO: CLASS ACTIVITY
    Each group will include an activity which will "engage" the class and provide a review of the topic.   This may include a well-organized, well-run game such as "Jeopardy", a quiz, crossword puzzle or another form of a worksheet.   Word searches will not be allowed!! - I think they have no educational value at this level   Only meaningful academic activities please!.

    PART THREE: CREATIVE / PERFORMANCE ASPECT:
    The group will use some creative or performance element relating to their biome. Examples of a creative element include a puppet show, song, poem, mock news report or skit. (How about an interpretive dance?).   This should last about 5 - 10 minutes and is expected to involve some simple props or costumes.


    SUGGESTIONS for doing a POWER POINT PRESENTATION
    Note:   You are not required to do a PowerPoint presentation, but if you do, here are some guidelines:

    The PowerPoint presentation will focus on providing information on the technical aspects of the type of energy (how it works) and impacts on society and the environment.   Your focus should be on improving the quality of your delivery.  

    I expect to see on your PowerPoint to have:
  4. No paragraphs or blocks of text
  5. Minimal use of full sentences, or none at all
  6. Point form bullets
  7. Attractive and pertinent graphs
  8. Avoidance of "overly busy" or garish backgrounds which make overlying text impossible to read.
  9. Simple, uncluttered pages.   If in doubt, use less information per page rather than more information, and add additional pages.
  10. Avoidance of unnecessary detail which will bore your audience

    The student presenters will:
  11. be facing the audience at all times, either directly or at a slight angle
  12. NOT read blocks of text from the PowerPoint
  13. use the point form notes on the PowerPoint as a guide to stay organized
  14. add extra information which does not appear on the PowerPoint, in a natural, conversational style
  15. be well rehearsed and know their topic
  16. make seamless transitions between group members
  17. have a clear voice, loud enough to be heard by everyone
  18. try for expression in your tone of voice